Children in Conflict with the Law - updates

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Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law

May 07, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

CEBU GOVERNMENT. The Cebu Provincial Capitol. Photo by Ryme26/CC BY-SA

Wanting to be home for Christmas, 6 minors escape Cebu City facility

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:21 AM

At least 3 of them are now back at Operation Second Chance, and will be given visitation time with their families on Christmas Eve

Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

More rehab homes for child offenders to be built in 2018

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council is set to get the biggest budget among the attached agencies of the DSWD to build 4 more Bahay ng Pag Asa

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age

May 23, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The measure proposes stiffer penalties for parents and syndicates using children to commit crimes while focusing on the improved rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

APPROVED. The House subcommittee on correctional reforms gives its nod to the bill maintaining 15 as the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on minimum age of criminal liability

May 23, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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House subpanel to ditch proposal lowering criminal responsibility age

May 22, 2017 - 1:50 PM

After months long consultations Representative Ron Salo says the subpanel on correctional reforms will instead propose amendments strengthening the existing Juvenile Justice Act of 2006

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

FACT CHECK: Duterte misinformed that child offenders can just 'go home'

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The President s remarks before the boy scouts show he wasn t aware the Pangilinan Law was amended in 2013 allowing child offenders aged 12 to 15 to be detained in youth centers

CRIMINAL LIABILITY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for lowering minimum age of criminal responsibility before 4- to 10-year-old kids. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

'NO CONFLICT.' Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Gwendolyn Garcia, and Estrellita Suansing hold a press conference on February 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cabinet told: Attend House hearings on Duterte's pet bills

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says critics of President Rodrigo Duterte s priority bills may use the Cabinet officials absence to argue against the passage of the measures

THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Cabinet officials, as alter egos of President Rodrigo Duterte, should be supporting the latter's legislative agenda. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lower age of criminal liability? Here's why psychologists are against it

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The label of criminal shapes [children s] sense of self and makes it likely that they will imbibe a criminal identity says developmental psychologist Liane Peña Alampay

House leaders 'doing a Kellyanne Conway' on age of criminal liability

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Many of the House leadership are doing the Kellyanne Conway approach: non responsive absurd walang data not resorting to hard evidence yan ang status ngayon [ng bill] says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

OPPOSITION. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (2-L) joins other advocates as they replace the image of a child behind bars with an image of a happy child. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Passage of death penalty, criminal liability age bills eyed in June

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

House justice panel chair Reynaldo Umali urges the public to continue raising their concerns on the two controversial bills so lawmakers may consider them before they vote on the measures

THE CHAIRMAN. House committee on justice chairperson Reynaldo Umali faces the media on January 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gordon protests mention of priest critic in budget debate

Nov 17, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Richard Gordon says it s better not to listen to Senator Risa Hontiveros speech on the condition of juvenile centers if she cites Father Shay Cullen of the Olongapo based Preda Foundation

RIVAL. Senator Richard Gordon calls out Senator Risa Hontiveros for citing the work of Fr Shay Cullen, his longtime enemy, in the budget deliberations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

DSWD chief: Lower age of criminal liability 'anti-poor,' won't curb crime

Nov 16, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Pro child advocates say the proposal treats children in conflict with the law as criminals not victims

CRACKS IN THE LAW. Should the age of criminal responsibility be lowered? President Rodrigo Duterte says so but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the call.

Children in conflict with the law: Cracks in Juvenile Justice Act

Nov 13, 2016 - 11:39 PM

Part 3: With calls to lower the age of criminal liability social workers and pro child groups say proper implementation of the law not amendment is needed

CRACKS IN THE LAW. Should the age of criminal responsibility be lowered? President Rodrigo Duterte says so but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the call.

When 'Houses of Hope' fail children in conflict with the law

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Part 2: With crowded unsanitary and unhealthy environments some youth centers fail to rehabilitate and transform child offenders

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions.

Beyond juvenile delinquency: Why children break the law

Nov 06, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Part 1: Is there a future for children in conflict with the law? Out of youth centers on the streets with no one else they have nothing

CHILDREN VS LAW. Most children who commit crimes come from poor and dysfunctional families.

An open letter to Representatives Alvarez and Castro

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Why should children be made to pay for the failure of the government and society to raise them to be the responsible citizens we hope them to be? a laywer asks

Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids

May 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Do you agree that parents of unattended minors mostly street children loitering the streets from 10 pm to 5 am should be imprisoned?

PUNISHMENT. Children in conflict with the law also have rights, advocates say. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

DSWD to build more ‘houses of hope’ for youth in 2016

Dec 24, 2015 - 2:06 PM

A Bahay Pag asa provides short term residential care and caters to children in conflict with the law

Rocks thrown at cars: Who is responsible?

Jul 23, 2015 - 3:47 PM

A woman s car is damaged after someone throws a rock at it on C5 But are the young offenders really to blame?

 Kimberly Tan-Evangelista

What ever happened to that kid on the street?

Apr 10, 2015 - 2:28 PM

In anticipation of the International Day for Street Children on April 12 the world asks What would you change about your streets?

STREET. The number of Metro Manila’s street families increased by 139% in the past 3 years, according to DSWD. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Pakistan stops execution of man convicted as teen

Jan 06, 2015 - 11:03 PM

Shafqat Hussain 23 was convicted of the 2004 murder of a seven year old boy when he was just 15 years old and was working as a watchman in Karachi Pakistan s sprawling and violent port metropolis

On 2nd chances: Children in conflict with the law

Dec 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

Give them a chance they re victims too say child s rights advocates

Healing comes in full at DSWD's home for girls

Aug 27, 2014 - 11:35 AM

At this home girls and young women are given a second chance at life

Age of criminal liability stays at 15

May 28, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Senator Escudero says Congress will hold a special session on June 5 to ratify the measure amending the Juvenile Justice Law

The Filipino child is not dispensable

Nov 27, 2012 - 5:39 PM

The best investment any nation can make to secure a brighter future is to invest in its youth

Hamog: A Rappler documentary

Jul 07, 2012 - 1:43 PM

They are the lost boys and girls who sleep under the open sky In Taguig City they rule the highways Thieves and runaways children of broken families led by the boy who is sometimes hero sometimes hood

Peter on his way to the streets. Photo by Adrian Portugal.